Merih Demiral

Discussion in 'Transfer Rumours' started by Ricardinho, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Miyata

    Miyata Member

    Imagine this turk joining us and celebrating a goal with a turkish nazi salute holy sh*t
  2. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Wrong, But Rarely

    God willing, it happens.
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  3. krackpot

    krackpot Well-Known Member

    Baah, this guy is already polarizing opinions
  4. Flying Okapis

    Flying Okapis Well-Known Member

    Is he? I've only seen one negative post so far which was calling him a 'bum' as thats the cool thing to do around here at the moment..
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  5. Sammy1887

    Sammy1887 Still Hating Reed in 2019

    A-M would have conflicting opinions on Messi, if we signed him.

    He's a midget anyways.
  6. Ashybashy86

    Ashybashy86 Well-Known Member

    No, he isn't :lol:
  7. Shahin Tadjalli

    Shahin Tadjalli Active Member

    Midget, well beyond 30 (we all know 30 on AM is like 44 on other, more rational forums), oh and 'South Americans just don't cut it in the Prem, m8'
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  8. baccy_man

    baccy_man Active Member

  9. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Wrong, But Rarely

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  10. al-Ustaadh

    al-Ustaadh Professor of Twitter

  11. Flying Okapis

    Flying Okapis Well-Known Member

    As unlikely as this deal sounds and my lack of knowledge of Demiral I still am not opposed to see Bellerin leaving for the right price or deal.
  12. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Wrong, But Rarely

    Probably the best under-24 year old CB in the world, over the last year.
  13. Malky

    Malky Well-Known Member

    Happily bin Bellerin for this lad. Should take the chance on Max Aarons as his replacement.
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  14. asukru

    asukru Well-Known Member

    As a fellow Turk I have seen him play quiet a few times and I can vouch for this guy and say he is talented
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  15. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

  16. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Wrong, But Rarely

    Not sure we have 30M to spend in Jan. Both teams need new blood at CB, Jose lives for these signings.

    Demiral not only looks a good player but an even more incredible character. You can’t teach fight and attitude.
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  17. TimT

    TimT New Member

    Merih Demiral is a tremendous player. with a lot of potential. Is he at par with Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester City.

    Merih Demiral and Caglar Soyuncu were discoevered by Lucescu, the manager of Turkish NT at the time, prior to Euro 2020 qualifiers over two years ago. Demiral, two years junior of Soyuncu, first choice for CB position and he's played every minute of the 10 matches in the Euro 2020 while Soyuncu was usually third option for the second CB position, and alternated with Kaan Ayhan of Fortuna Dusseldorf.

    Merih Demiral have developed his game rather rapidly considering his age. He was sold or loaned out from one team to another started with Turkey's Fenerbahce junior team to Sporting B within a couple of years. Subsequently, he ended up in Serie A's Sassuolo in the January transfer window last year. He was immense and received high praise from clubs and pundits in Italy despite the fact he only played a half season in Serie A at the age of 20. Some of the top clubs around Europe followed his progress but Juventus was quick to sign him though only after Juventus had already brought Matthijs de Light in for three times the value of Demiral. Meanwhile, Demiral's value also have doubled when he arrived at Juventus from Sassuolo.

    Merih Demiral was almost flawless throughout Euro 2020 matches while Caglar Soyuncu was error prone. Demiral played and performed exceptionally well last season. In contrast, Soyuncu spent his time on the bench most of last season which might have contributed some to doubt of Soyuncu's potential and abilities. Anyhow, the roles have changed and Demiral is on the bench while Soyuncu has played every minute of the games in this season.

    Merih Demiral has played one game in Serie A and another one in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen the other night. Although, Demiral appeared a little nervous in his Serie A debut with Juventus but he was solid (I bet any 21 years old would have felt similar if he suddenly promoted from a Portugal third tier to one of the world's best and most decorated clubs). In his debut in the Champions league, Demiral's performance was absolutely scintillating. It was a MOTM performance.

    Turkish footballs fans were asked who gets the most credit or the best performer of the Euro 2020 qualifiers for the Turkish NT. The majority gave the credit to the Turkish manager Senol Gunes (he was also the coach of Turkish NT during World Cup 2002 third spot). After that, Merih Demiral received the highest rating ahead of any other players including Roma's exciting young winger Cengiz Under. Caglar Soyuncu came 5th or 6th. But, Soyuncu's EPL performance have allowed him to pair with Merih Demiral in the two very important Euro games, away vs France (1-1), and home game vs Iceland (0-0).

    Demiral is taller so he is much better aerially. He is as fast and even appears to be faster than Soyuncu. He is a "beast" in the defense. Even though he is only 21, he's leadership quality, and he has shown it. The team relay on this trait of him. The players and fans feel more at ease and less panicky when he is in the middle of the defense. He is a superb tackler though looks a little rough even though he avoids any card. Probably, the referees think it's fair play. He is a younger version of Giorgio Chiellini and Sergio Ramos.

    In comparison to Soyuncu, he appears to be less technically gifted. I was annoyed by his horizontal and reverse passes in the past. Notwithstanding, as an understudy of Chiellini and Bonucci, he has exhibited he made improvement during his recent performances with the Turkish NT and in the Champions League match vs BLeverkusen. Though, his long forward passes after recovering ball has always been pinpoint, finding his teammates running into the penalty area or at the wings. He might need a little encouragement. Regardless of all that, he still might be far away in passing efficiently like a DM or silky and crafty Cruyff like moves which Soyuncu has done this season.

    Another quality to Demiral's game is his ability to possibly score or assist or reaching the ball in the opponent's penalty area which he does more efficiently than Soyuncu.

    (P.s. Ozan Kabak of Schalke FC is alternative to both Merih Demiral and Caglar Soyuncu. At 19, Kabak is another gifted CB matches the qualities of both Demiral and Soyuncu but probably may come at a lower price tag).
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  18. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Wrong, But Rarely

    Demiral/Partey would be sensational business without spending much. Revamp the attack through the Auba departure and you have 3/4 new players here to go with Leno, Saliba, Tierney, Pepe, Bellerin, to make a new team.

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